Private PAs, have you been put in charge of organising your principal’s Easter escape? We’ve taken the guesswork out of booking, scouring the globe for five of the world’s most luxurious long weekends.
Photo: The Mark Hotel
The Mark Hotel, New York City
This heritage hotel has been re-imagined as a 21st century masterpiece, combining old-world comfort and innovative design with the latest technology and an exceptional level of service. The penthouse suite is built for luxurious living, with a private lift, a living room that converts into a ballroom (complete with piano and eight-metre ceilings), his-and-hers dressing areas and his-and-hers master bathrooms with underfloor heating.
There are four fireplaces, two powder rooms and two wet bars, ensuring no-one is left high and dry at any point during their stay. With a grand total of five bedrooms, a foyer, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, terrace, 5.5 bathrooms and terrace access, it has everything a family could need for a visit to the Big Apple.
Madison Ave at 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
+1 (212) 744-4300
Amanzoe, Porto Heli, Greece
With 360-degree views over the Peloponnese countryside, the ultra-luxurious Amanzoe is the definition of Aegean indulgence. There are 38 free-standing, marble-adorned pavilions, each positioned with privacy in mind. A garden, large terrace and private pool come standard in each one, along with a lofty living area and opulent king-sized bed. For larger families, the 4-6 bedroom villas offer with a private chef to cater for every culinary wish.
While leaving the pavilion is completely voluntary, outside of the stone walls sits another 25-metre pool with a wraparound terrace, a private beach club, serene spa, gym, tennis courts, Pilates studio, yoga pavilion and in tune with its location, an outdoor amphitheatre. Wellness is emphasised here – there are a number of retreats led by experts in their field and bespoke therapies include…
213 00, Greece
+30 275 4772 888
Photo: Lime Wood
Lime Wood, Hampshire
Lime Wood is a masterclass in laidback luxury, offering out-of-towners a stately way to relax and recharge. Once the lodgings of the Duke of Clarence, the New Forest manor has had a multi-million-dollar renovation and now offers the perfect Hampshire escape, complete with gorgeous grounds, bespoke interiors, a sumptuous spa and remarkable restaurant.
The Forest Lodges are the most indulgent of all the accommodation options, each featuring a lounge, fireplace, dining area and alfresco forest terrace, as well as a bathroom with expansive views of the surrounding environment. However, Lime Wood’s real attraction is in its gastronomic offering – esteemed chefs Angela Harnett and Luke Holder take an Italian approach to eating at Lime Wood’s restaurant, where provenance and sharing is king. Budding chefs can also opt for a private cooking class, held in the on-site cookery school.
Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
SO43 7FZ England
+44 23 8028 7177
Photo: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Located on a private island only reachable by seaplane, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort redefines luxury, one infinity pool at a time. The five-star resort is home to the largest over-water villa in the Maldives, the John Jacob Astor Estate, which features three bedrooms with attached spa treatment rooms, three Jacuzzis, a 92sqm infinity swimming pool, private cinema, gym and bespoke 24-hour St Regis butler. This is on top of all the regular amenities – a large show kitchen and butler’s pantry, private dining room, spacious terrace with sun beds and 8 Bang & Olufsen LCD TVs.
A booking at the estate also includes a private buggy, perfect for exploring the six restaurants and bars. An extensive wine cellar ensures you’ll never go thirsty, while the Iridium Spa looks after all wellness wants and needs.
Vommuli Island, Dhaalu Atoll,
+9606 766 333
Photo: Calivigny Island
For a completely bespoke holiday on one of the Caribbean’s finest islands, there’s no better spot than Calivigny Island. Just a five-minute boat ride from Grenada, West Indies, this perfect paradise is one of the most exclusive holiday spots in the world, boasting six beaches, five different residences with room for up to 50 guests, a fleet of boats, private chefs and access to a range of water sports and activities.
Start the day with a spot of tennis on the full-sized, flood-lit court, before taking a drip in the freshwater heated swimming pool, complete with swim-up bar. Move onto the gym, before refreshing for a spot of lunch, chosen from a tailor-made menu full of locally source fresh produce. In the afternoon, enjoy an alfresco movie thanks to the giant portable screen, or compete in billiards, poker or croquet. Finish the day with a bonfire and fireworks display on the beach and a feast fit for kings. When it’s all said and done, collapse into a king-sized bed, designed by Oscar de la Renta. Best of all, you’ll be able to do it all over again.
St. Georges, Grenada
+1 (473) 405 0642
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